ND Tiwari moves Supreme Court to stall making parternity report public

ND Tiwari, Rohit Shekar

Dehradun : Former Uttarakhand chief minister and Andhra Pradesh governor, Narain Dutt Tiwari is hell bent that the DNA report from a Hyderabad-based forensic laboratory in the paternity suit filed by 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar, claiming that the veteran Congress leader is his biological father, is not made public.

After his previous application was turned down by the Delhi High Court, he has now filed a petition in the Supreme Court pleading for restraining the Delhi High Court from opening the sealed cover containing his DNA report on July 27.

The report will help the Court ascertain the claim of Rohit Shekhar that he was born of a relationship his mother had with the veteran Congress leader.

In his petition, the former Uttarakhand chief minister has said that the High Court had misunderstood the Supreme Court’s earlier order of May 24 for maintaining confidentiality in the case.

The Delhi High Court, while fixing July 27 for opening the test report had maintained that the Supreme Court order on confidentiality pertained only to the collection of the blood sample.

Meanwhile there is great curiosity in political circles here about the outcome of the test report and all eyes are on Friday, when the Delhi High Court is to open the sealed cover containing the report and in all probability make it public.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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